Networks Northwest

Press Room

Networks Northwest serves units of governments, businesses, non-profits, community organizations, and is the administrator of Northwest Michigan Works! programs including the five Service Centers in Northwest Lower Michigan.

Here are recent media releases issued by Networks Northwest.

 

Jan 08
Intro to Business Ownership Class January 14 in Traverse City
TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Individuals considering buying an established business or launching a new one can learn what it takes to be successful at an Intro to Business Ownership class in Traverse City. The class is being held January 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Parsons-Stulen building on NMC’s Aero Park Campus.
Jan 08
Workshop Focuses on Business Profitability Through HR Record Keeping
An attorney and a human resources professional will help businesses learn how to use HR record keeping to improve profitability at a January 22 workshop in Traverse City. ‘Winning Through Documentation” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the TBA Credit Union conference room, 630 East Front Street. The workshop is being hosted by the Employer Training Council (ETC). Register now.
Jan 08
Résumé After Hours at Michigan Works in Cadillac
Professionals who want to update their résumés can learn the tips and tricks of successful résumé development at a Résumé After Hours event January 20 at Northwest Michigan Works! in Cadillac. The event will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Career Café located inside the Michigan Works! Center at 401 Lake Street.
Jan 06
Agripreneur Class Offers Help for Food and Farm Businesses
A series of classes in Traverse City will help entrepreneurs learn how to start or grow a food or farm business. “AgriPreneur 2.0: Developing Your Food or Farm Business” will be offered in eight, three-hour long classes beginning February 3. The class is co-sponsored by the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) Product Center.
Nov 14
Class for Businesses Interested in Responding to Federal Government Solicitations - Petoskey
Businesses can learn about Responding to Federal Government Solicitations at a class December 11 in Petoskey. The class will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in room 536 of the Student Community Resource Building at North Central Michigan College (NCMC). The class is part of the “Doing Business with the Government Series,” and is being offered by the Northwest Michigan Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) in partnership with NCMC.
Nov 14
Kincheloe - Class for Businesses Interested in Responding to Federal Government Solicitations
Businesses can learn about Responding to Federal Government Solicitations at a class December 9 in Kincheloe. The class will run from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Chippewa County EDC, 5019 W. Airport Drive. The class is part of the “Doing Business with the Government Series,” and is being offered by the Northwest Michigan Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) in partnership with Eastern U.P. Michigan Works! and the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation.
Aug 28
Classes Focus on Doing Business With the Federal Government
A series of classes focused on doing business with the federal government is being offered in Cadillac. The next class, Market Research: Finding Federal Opportunities, will be held September 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Baker College of Cadillac.
Aug 28
Michigan Works Career Connection Coming to Leelanau County
Job seekers will have the chance to learn about job opportunities and improve their job search skills by attending the Northwest Michigan Works! Career Connection September 17 in Peshawbestown. The workshop will run from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Lifelong Learning Building, 2685 Waabno Makwa.
Aug 18
Successful Local Business Owners Set to Share Advice at Business Plan Class in Traverse City
Traverse City auto dealership owner Otto Belovich will be the opening guest speaker at a class that will help business owners learn how to develop a business plan in just six weeks. The Northwest Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering "Venture Plan: Six Week Business Plan," beginning September 9 in Traverse City.
Aug 15
Michigan Works Offers Career Connection for Veterans
Veterans will have an opportunity to learn about job opportunities and improve their job search skills at a series of Northwest Michigan Works! Career Connection meetings in Acme. The first meeting will be held August 26 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Bravo Zulu Brewing.
Aug 13
Classes Focus on Doing Business With the Federal Government
A series of classes focused on doing business with the federal government is being offered in Petoskey. The first class, Introduction to Federal Government Contracting, will be held August 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in room 536 of the Student Community Resource Building at North Central Michigan College (NCMC). The class is being offered by the Northwest Michigan Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) in partnership with NCMC.
Aug 01
TC-TALUS Long-Range Transportation Plan Available for Public Comment
The Traverse City Area Transportation and Land Use Study (TC-TALUS) is seeking public input on its draft 2035 Long-Range Transportation Plan. The plan is a comprehensive analysis of current and future transportation options in Traverse City and nine surrounding townships.
Aug 01
Community Tree Health Forum August 13 in Emmet County
The M-119 Tunnel of Trees Scenic Heritage Route Committee is hosting a Community Tree Health Forum August 13 in Emmet County. The Forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Readmond Township Hall, located at 6034 Wormwood Lane, about four miles south of Cross Village.
Jul 29
Starting a Business Workshop Offered August 11 in Traverse City
Individuals considering self-employment or in the beginning stages of starting a business will have access to a wide variety of helpful information at a Starting a Business workshop being offered in Traverse City by the Northwest Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The workshop is being held August 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Parsons-Stulen building on NMC’s Aero Park Campus.
Jul 28
Open House at Newly Reopened Michigan Works! Center in Kalkaska
The Career Café inside the newly reopened Northwest Michigan Works! Center in Kalkaska will be showcased at an open house August 6 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The center had been closed since July 1, 2013 due to a reduction in federal funding. The Kalkaska Center will now be open Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Jul 22
Interactive Website Puts Thousands of Miles of Northern Michigan Trails at Your Fingertips
A new, interactive website will be the go-to source of information about northern Michigan’s vast network of trails and points of interest. Up North Trails, located at upnorthtrails.org, allows users to interact with and explore more than 5,300 miles of trails across the northern Lower Peninsula.
Jul 09
Michigan Works Veterans Appreciation Day at Bravo Zulu Brewing in Acme
Northwest Michigan Works! and Bravo Zulu Brewing are sponsoring a Veterans Appreciation Day July 22 at the microbrewery in Acme. The event will run from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and is for all current and former members of the military and their families.
Jul 07
Personal Property Tax Ballot Proposal Presentation July 22 in Traverse City
The proposal to eliminate Michigan’s personal property tax (PPT) will be discussesd at an informational presentation July 22 in Traverse City. The presentation will run from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the conference room on the south side of the Traverse City Michigan Works Center at 1209 S. Garfield.
Jun 18
New Advisor Focuses on Work-Based Learning Experiences for Local Youth
A new Youth Career Technical Education Placement Advisor will help young people in Wexford and Missaukee counties gain work-based learning experience. Northwest Michigan Works! and the Wexford-Missaukee ISD recently created the position through an innovative job-sharing agreement. The joint effort will allow both the ISD and Michigan Works to continue to provide high quality work-based learning placements and school-to-work training for the youth who attend the ISD’s Career Tech Center (CTC) and any other out of work youth aged 16 to 21 in the two counties.
Jun 18
Open House at New Career Café at Michigan Works! in Cadillac
The new Career Café inside the Northwest Michigan Works! Center in Cadillac will be showcased at an open house June 30 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Career Café is a new way of delivering job seeker services at Northwest Michigan Works!. Customers can select from a menu of services that will help them improve their résumé and cover letter, practice their interviewing skills, research career options, learn about education and training programs, and more.
Jun 06
Adult Education Graduates to be Honored at Commencement Ceremony
Sixty-two adult students will receive high school diplomas or GEDs as part of the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District's (TBAISD) Adult Education Class of 2014. The students will be recognized at a commencement ceremony Thursday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m. at Milliken Auditorium in Traverse City.
Jun 05
Starting a Business Workshop Offered June 26 in Cadillac
Individuals considering self-employment or in the beginning stages of starting a business will have access to a wide variety of helpful information at a Starting a Business workshop being offered in Cadillac by the Northwest Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The workshop is being held June 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Cadillac Chamber of Commerce, 222 North Lake Street.
Jun 03
Poverty Reduction Initiative Mentoring Breakfast June 11 in Traverse City
The Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative (PRI) is hosting a Mentoring Breakfast Wednesday, June 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Faith Reformed Church Family Life Center located at 1105 E. Front St. in Traverse City. The breakfast is part of an ongoing effort to improve the region's mentoring programs by identifying gaps in those programs and looking at ways organizations can work together to fill those gaps.
Jun 02
Immediate Job Openings at Michigan Works Hot Jobs Now Event
Local jobs where workers can start immediately will be showcased at a Hot Jobs Now Career Connection event June 19 at Northwest Michigan Works! in Traverse City. The event will start at 2:00 p.m. at the Career Café located inside the Michigan Works! Center at 1209 S. Garfield.
May 27
Open Meetings Act Workshop June 30 in Traverse City
ow to Comply with the Michigan Open Meetings Act (OMA) will be the topic of a June 30 workshop in Traverse City. The workshop will run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the large conference room on the south side of the Michigan Works! Center, 1209 South Garfield Avenue. The workshop is being offered by the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments in partnership with Michigan State University Extension.
May 16
Survey Looks at Visual Preferences for Future Development in Northwest Michigan
Citizens of Charlevoix, Emmet, Manistee, and Missaukee counties are being asked to provide information about what they would like their developed communities to look like in the future by taking the Framework For Our Future Visual Preference Survey. The online survey includes photographs and questions about preferred types and designs of development, including housing, commercial, and public spaces.
May 13
Northwest Michigan Procurement Technical Assistance Center Receives National Award
Work on a U.S. government combat ship project has earned national recognition for a northern Michigan organization that helps local businesses get government contracts. The Northwest Michigan Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) has received the 2014 Outstanding Project Award from the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC).
May 12
Box Lunch Business Workshop Focuses on Creating a Culture of Accountability and Results
Creating a Contagious Culture of Accountability will be the topic of a Box Lunch Business Workshop June 9 in Traverse City. The workshop will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Council of Governments Conference Room in the Northwest Michigan Works! Center located at 1209 South Garfield Avenue. The lunch is being hosted by the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
May 08
New Career Café Express Offered at Northwest Michigan Works!
Northwest Michigan Works! is packaging together some of its most popular job search workshops at a new Career Café Express May 19 and 20 in Traverse City. The workshops will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days at the Career Café located inside the Michigan Works! Center at 1209 S. Garfield.
Apr 28
Governor’s Regional Prosperity Initiative Comes to Northern Michigan
As one part of Governor Snyder’s statewide Regional Prosperity Initiative, the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments is announcing a regional planning process for the ten-county Northwest Michigan region of Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Grand Traverse, Manistee, Missaukee, and Wexford counties.
Apr 21
Michigan Works Career Connection Coming to Lake City
Job seekers will have the chance to learn about job opportunities and improve their job search skills by getting involved with the new Lake City Career Connection. The first meeting will be Tuesday, May 6 at 1:00 p.m. at the Ardis Missaukee District Library located at 210 South Canal Street.
Apr 15
New Box Lunch Business Workshop Focuses on Strategies for Managing Growth
The first in a new series of Box Lunch Business Workshops in Traverse City will focus on Strategies for Managing Growth. The May 5 workshop will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) regional office inside the Northwest Michigan Works! Service Center located at 1209 South Garfield Avenue.
Apr 08
Michigan Works! IT Career Fair in Traverse City April 22
Local employers will be recruiting qualified candidates for current open IT positions at the Northwest Michigan Works! Information Technology Career Fair Tuesday, April 22 in Traverse City. The event will run from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Hagerty Center located at 715 East Front Street. Along with local employers the career fair will include information and resources for people considering IT careers.
Mar 31
Student Videos Promote Careers in Manufacturing in Northwest Michigan
A student produced video designed to showcase career opportunities in manufacturing has won the $2,000 first prize in a Northwest Michigan Student Video Challenge. The winning team is from the Charlevoix-Emmet ISD TV and Film Production and Broadcasting program at Boyne City High School. The video was one of 10 entered in the Video Challenge organized by the Education Advisory Group (EAG) of the Northwest Michigan Workforce Development Board and sponsored by Northwestern Michigan College (NMC). The contest was designed to show what modern manufacturing jobs are really like and that there are opportunities for rewarding careers in the manufacturing industry.